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Responsible Pet Ownership

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Our pets are an important part of our families. Taking care of your pets is part of being a responsible pet owner and a good neighbor.

  • All dogs, cats, and ferrets that live in the county must be vaccinated against rabies every year.
  • County pet license fees are the following: neutered or spayed dog, cat, or ferret -  $10 for one year or $22 for three years. Neutered or spayed dog, cat, or ferret owned by person 62 years or older - $2 for one year or $5 for three years. Unneutered or unspayed dog, cat, or ferret:  $20 for one year or $50 for three years. Unneutered or unspayed dog, cat, ferret owned by a person 62 years or older – $4 for one year or $10 for three years. Pet license applications are available online, at some veterinarians and at Bernalillo County Animal Care office located at 1136 Gatewood SW. 
  • All dogs and cats are required by law to be on a leash or confined to the owner's property at all times. Animals running loose will be picked up and taken to the shelter.
  • Overpopulation of pets is a serious problem in Bernalillo County. There are too many animals and not enough good homes. Have your dog or cat spayed or neutered. Financial assistance is available to qualifying residents to help with the cost of spaying or neutering your pet via the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) call 314-0280 for more information.
  • The Bernalillo County Animal Control and Protection can pick up unwanted cats and dogs for a $25 owner surrender fee.

If you have additional questions about responsible pet ownership please call the Bernalillo County Animal Care Services at 468-PETS (7387).


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